DIY Cranberry Tea Toner Recipe

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Are you ready for another great skin care recipe from our Kimberly Smith? This one is so easy: Cranberry Tea Toner.

Kimberly recommends keeping this in a spray bottle in the refrigerator, then refresh your skin after a nice long bath. As always, if you have questions about these recipes, just post a comment and Kimberly will respond.

Cranberry Tea Toner

  • 1-2 organic cranberry tea bags (or other you would prefer)
  • 1 bottle organic low alcohol witch hazel

Just drop a good quality organic teabag with no spicy ingredients into a bottle of organic witch hazel. Steep it overnight and the next day, you get a great toner. Incredibly simple!

Holiday Glow: DIY Facial Recipe with Christmas Tree Dust

It’s the Catch 22 of the holidays – everyone wants to take a picture, but the stress is wreaking havoc with our skin. Welcome to the social media equivalent of the advent calendar … for your skin. Starting today, Rejuvena’s own Kimberly Smith will unveil her  “Holiday Glow” – daily skin care recipes and tips revealed on our Facebook page. Each product is an easy DIY recipe created by Kimberly.

Before you roll your eyes thinking “not another thing to make!” realize that most of these 2-4 ingredient treatments use things we already have in our cupboards.  “With a little mixing, we can use the natural and organic foods and spices in our kitchen directly on our skin,” Kimberly says.

Products will be unveiled on our Facebook page and will include recipes, recommendations and tips. If you have a question, just post it in the comments and Kimberly will respond.

To kick […]

Better Beyond 50 Webinar

Please join our nutritionist, Judy Nicassio, today as one of the guest speakers at the “Better Beyond 50” webinar.  Just go to:  https://transactions.sendowl.com/stores/4865/30545.   You can also check out the many other health expert speakers to find out how to feel your best beyond age 50!

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It’s National Diabetes Awareness Month!

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  Food will always be our best medicine, and this is particularly the case with diabetes.  Early intervention can stop this potentially debilitating disease in its tracks by making only a few changes in an individual’s eating and lifestyle habits.  It is important to note that diabetes is not, in fact, a disease of blood sugar, but it’s actually a disorder of insulin and leptin signaling.

Insulin regulation plays such as an integral role in your health and longevity, that elevated levels are not only symptoms of diabetes, but other diseases as well (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, peripheral vascular disease, obesity, and cancer).

Foods to Avoid:  Sweets, sodas, juices, breads, pasta, cereals, rice, potatoes, and corn.  You may also want to avoid or restrict fruit consumption until your blood sugar gets under control.

 Top Foods […]

Halloween Hangover Detox Smoothie

 

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So you overindulged with one too many Halloween treats last night?  Try this nutrient packed smoothie to help detoxify your body after excessive calorie consumption.

Detox Smoothie Recipe

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 INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup frozen strawberries.
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 medium-sized frozen banana, roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (or alternate milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach or kale, loosely packed, stems removed
  • small handful of parsley

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the almond milk to a high-power blender and toss the banana slices, kale, and parsley in.  Blend on high. Add the strawberries and cucumber. Blend again until smooth. Add in more almond milk and/or ice for desired consistency.

Healthy Halloween Candy Bars

Paleo Chocolate Sunbutter Bars

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These bars are deliciously decadent and actually good for you!

(Makes 10 servings)

Ingredients

For the Sunbutter Dough

  • 1 1/2 Cups sunbutter (sunflower seed butter)
  • 1/3 Cup coconut flour
  • 1 Cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 Cup coconut sugar (may use stevia or xylitol for diabetics)
  • 1/2 Tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 Tsp organic cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp vanilla
  • 1-3 Tbsp light coconut cream

For the Chocolate

  • 1-2 Cups 70% chocolate chunks
  • 1/2 Cup light coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao nibs (optional)

Instructions

For the Sunbutter Dough

  • Stir together all of the ingredients for the dough, except for the coconut cream. It should be fairly crumbly.
  • Add the coconut cream, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough comes together to form a ball.
  • Press the dough into a parchment lined 8×8 glass baking dish and […]

Healthy Recipes to Celebrate Food Day!

Super Green Power Smoothie

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Serves 1

1 large handful roughly chopped spinach

1 frozen peeled banana, cut into several pieces

1 cup unsweetened coconut water

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 tablespoon flax oil

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until completely uniform in color and all the bits of green are pulverized. Serve immediately.

Raw Kale Avocado Salad

Serve this salad alone as a super food meal or with cooked quinoa.

Salad:

1 bunch curly kale, chopped (about 8 to 10 cups)

2 avocados, diced

1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 6 to 8 hours

Dressing:

3 to 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 to 2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

Chop the kale into small pieces and add it to a large bowl. In a smaller, separate bowl whisk together the […]

Food Day is October 24th!

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Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24th, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

October 24th is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. This year’s theme is “Toward a Greener Diet.”

Why Food Day?

The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment.  Eating Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path.

The most important ingredient in Food Day […]

October is Breast Cancer Prevention Month

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Breast cancer is caused by hereditary factors and lifestyle.  Specifically, the primary causes of breast cancer are nutritional deficiencies, exposure to environmental toxicity, inflammation, and estrogen dominance and the resultant breakdown in genetic integrity and immune surveillance.   Eating whole and unprocessed foods can decrease inflammation in the body and reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. Also, synthetic hormone replacement therapy has been indicated as causing elevated estrogen levels that are correlated with increased chance of breast cancer.

Signs to watch for:

  • Changes in breast tissue – it is important to check your breast tissue to identify any thickening or lumps
  • Nipple discharge or nipple inversion
  • Dimpling or indentation of the breast tissue
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits
  • Redness of the breast tissue

Thermography

As naturopathic physicians at Rejuvena, we’d prefer to focus on breast health and ways to […]

Tips on How to Participate in National Women’s Day

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Wondering what to do to participate in this special day?  Here are some ideas:

  • Try a new workout or sport – how about a spin class in the pool or a fun Zumba class?  It’s always best to “change it up” for best results.
  • Get your thyroid checked – more common is a sluggish or hypothyroid functioning thyroid gland, but either way, this can negatively impact your concentration, mood, and weight.
  • Consume some “superfoods”!  Broccoli, kale, apples, turnips – and other healthy foods you can find at your local farmer’s market.
  • Ask a friend to workout – working out with a pal can help you stay motivated and lose more weight than going solo.
  • Take a short nap – grab a power nap for 20 minutes as research indicates that proper rest and sleep is beneficial for your […]